USM Summer

Unique Summer Courses

USM offers a variety of unique summer courses in the areas of Holistic Health and Theatre.  Visit our registration page for details on how to register for one of the unique summer courses below.

Acting: Performance Weekend Intensive
THE 102 (22424)

Wil Kilroy
Luther Bonney, Talbot Lecture Hall, Portland campus
Dates: May 15-24, 2015 (Two Weekends)
Class meetings are as follows:

Friday, 5/15 & 22: 5:00 PM-10:00 PM
Saturday, 5/16 & 23: 10:00 AM-10:30 PM
Sunday, 5/17 & 24: 9:00 AM-12:00 PM
Course Description:
This course will introduce students to theatre through the eyes of the performer. Students will gain a basic understanding of theatre as a performing art through lecture, discussion, and performance of scenes. Improvisational exercises, relaxation techniques, and character analysis strategies will be included. Students will also attend campus and area theatrical productions and be required to write critical reviews of the performances. 3 credits.


Acting Techniques of Michael Chekhov
THE 494/599
Wil Kilroy
207 Bailey Hall, Gorham campus
June 28-July 4, 2015
9:00AM - 10:00PM each day
Course Description: This is an intensive, one-week immersion program in the Acting Techniques of Michael Chekhov.  This course provides an intensive overview of the acting techniques created by Michael Chekhov. Areas of focus will include characterization, scene study, stage movement and voice, and teaching methods. The course will conclude with a works-in-progress performance. Typically offered summer only. May be repeated for a maximum of nine credits. 3 credits.


Centered Leadership & The Entrepreneurial Woman
LOS 399/699/SBS 399 (23985/23922/24160)
Dr. Loretta Chen
University Special Events Room, 7th Floor Glickman Library, Portland Campus
One week intensive- August 3-7, 2015
Course Description: Women start careers in business and other professions with the same level of intelligence, education, and commitment as men. Yet comparatively few reach the top echelons. With this in mind, this module is designed to learn what drives and sustains successful female leaders. This is aimed at helping younger women navigate the paths to leadership and, at the same time, to learn how organizations could get the best out of this talented group.  This course is designed to help women become more self-confident and effective business leaders. 3 credits.

This course will be taught as a one-week intensive by visiting professor, author, artist Dr. Loretta Chen.  Dr. Loretta Chen is a multi-hyphenate and one of Asia's most influential thought leaders, cultural provocateurs and business entrepreneurs and was voted one of Asia's top 100 most influential women in arts, media and business.


Illuminated Autobiography
HON 207
Instructor: Rebecca Goodale
424 Luther Bonney Hall, Portland
June 15-26, 2015
9:00am- 12:30pm
Course Description: An introduction to two creative processes-- the visusal and the literary--the course explores the means (shared, specialized, and complementary) by which they communicate thematic content, and the transformation through which the subjective discovery becomes the accessible form.  Students will develop a control of structural elements within and between the two disciplines sufficient to write, illustrate, design, and publish a limited autobigraphical narrative.  Prerequisite: Open to all students.


Northern Forest Canoe Trail
EYE 199 (23129)
Instructor: Robert M Sanford & Joseph K Staples
Location: Online and on the water
Time: Self-Paced

Course Description: This is an experiential learning experience undertaken at the convenience of the student during Summer Session (May 11 - August 14). Each student is required to spend 10 or more days on or along the waters of northern New England. These days do not have to be completed all at once; choose the days you want--whatever fits your schedule--as long as ten of them occur within the prescribed Summer Session time period.  There will also be an online component to this course; some type of internet access is required.  This is an independent, self-paced course that can be started at any point of the summer.  If registering/starting after May 11th, please call 780-5900 to register.

This course is designed to credentialize a self-guided outdoor learning experience mentored by university professors with interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary expertise. Participants undergo the equivalent of ten or more days (need not be consecutive) of canoe or kayak trips on various waters of northern New England. Since the goal is experiential, it is not important how much of the trail is covered, nor that the travel be completed all at once. Instead, participants set their own schedule, provide periodic on-line check-ins, and submit assignments designed to foster an experience that is contemplative and that builds independent learning skills. The course provides an introduction to environmental data gathering and assessment, and aspects of environmental management, and critical thinking about personal, social, and ecological implications of the waters of northern New England. Students are assumed to have basic water safety, canoeing/kayaking ability, orienteering and map reading skills, and camping/cooking or other logistical support skills. As a self-guided experience, students are expected to rely upon their own abilities and to only undertake trips that are safe and attainable within their skill set and equipment capabilities. Students are free to take along partners, friends and family members.

This course is suitable for anyone seeking to explore the environment or learn about environmental science. It is also suitable for anyone who wants a self-paced entry to a college-level experience. 3 credits.


Philosophy & Social Media: Hot Topics
PHI 235 (23093)
  Julien Murphy & Maureen Ebben
Location:  University Special Events Room, 7th Floor Glickman Library, Portland Campus
Dates:  June 3- June 4
Time:  9:00AM-4:00PM
Course Description: Explore with us the social and philosophical issues in the latest hot topics in social media including: hacking, surveillance, big data, the NSA, Snowden, gaming and bitcoin.  Using guest speakers, video, fiction, and recent research, we will debate and analyze the future of privacy, identity, community and the social costs of security in digital culture.

This is a unique course structure, but one that we think will work well for this topic and offer students something a little different.  The two days will consist of speakers, presentations, class discussions and activities.  After the 2 days, students will have at least 2 weeks to complete the written assignments for the class.  The written assignments are related to the content of the 2 days as well as to course readings.  The course syllabus will be available in Blackboard to enrolled students at least 2 weeks before the start of the class.  3 credits.


Therapeutic Touch
CON 490 (22496)
Instructor: Bernadette Curtis
Location: Blended - Online / On campus, 214/215 Abromson Center, Portland
Dates: 5/25/2015 - 6/19/2015
Class meetings are as follows: This class includes 2 full days and one half day of class onsite on the Portland campus in rooms 214/215 of the Abromson Center (Friday and Saturday, 5/29 & 5/30, 8:30am-4:30pm; Friday, 6/19, 1:00pm-4:00pm).
Course Description: This course will introduce the theory and practice of the Krieger-Kunz method of Therapeutic Touch. Concentration will be on the practice of Therapeutic Touch as an intentionally directed process of energy exchange, using the hands to facilitate the movement of energy, and restoring balance to the energy system of the human body. The course will focus on the understanding of the basic principles of the human energy field; intuition; intentionality; benefits; theory; principles; process; and experiential learning of the Therapeutic Touch technique. Through readings, lecture, demonstrations, and practice, students will integrate the TT process with considerations of creating a healing environment, the ethics of practice, and integrating holistic health and self-care. 3 credits.

Please wear comfortable clothes and dress in layers.  Bring water and/or warm drinks.